Nigerian man alleges abuse by Harris Co. deputies, files lawsuit

Ben Hart Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm


A Nigerian man is accusing the Harris County Sheriff and officers of discrimination.


Kennedy Iurioha filed a lawsuit April 30 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against the Harris County Sheriff's Department, citing discrimination and hate crime.


Iurioha claims he was attacked and beat up by seven immigration officers on April 16 at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The suit alleges the officers shot him with a Tazer three times. Iurioha claims he suffered from a collapsed lung and poor kidney function, coughed up blood and had bruised lungs, face and rib cage. Iurioha claims the officers put their fingers into his eye attempting to pluck out his eyeball.


According to the brief, the officers threatened Iurioha many times with deportation and taking over his American family.


He is representing himself in the litigation.


Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:14-cv-01183



This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Houston Division Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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